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Globe nominees ready for ribbing

Elton John says he's prepared to get a kicking from Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais at this weekend's awards ceremony.

The star is nominated for his song from the film Gnomeo & Juliet at the A-List event.

Sir Elton said: "I'll probably get the piss taken out of me, but it's fine with me. I'm British. I can take it."

Ricky took sharp swipes at Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, Robert Downey Jr and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at last year's ceremony and some criticised the comedian for going too far.

But with Ricky back for his third turn as Globes host on Sunday, nominees are already preparing themselves for the funnyman's pointed jabs.

Damian Lewis, nominated for his work on the TV series Homeland, said he might also be an easy target for Ricky.

"If he's got a thing about redheads, I'm a sitting duck," Damian said.

Glee and American Horror Story executive producer Ryan Murphy is also excited about Ricky's return and the spice he brings to the three-hour telecast.

"It's always good with the shows to have an unpredictable element to them, and he certainly is that," he said.

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